Japan got the stunning 2-1 victory over Germany earlier in the week. Costa Rica, on the other hand, comes into this match on the heels of a catastrophic 7-0 loss to Spain in its first match.
Japan has qualified for every World Cup since its debut in 1998. In those six appearances, Japan has reached the Round of 16 three times but failed to advance further. In 2018, the team lost 3-2 to Belgium in a Round of 16 thriller.
Costa Rica last appeared in the World Cup in 2018 but did not advance past the group stage. However, Costa Rica has made the Round of 16 twice, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2014.
Here’s how to bet the Japan-Costa Rica match, from the moneyline, draw, Over/Under total odds and expert pick (all odds via FOX Bet).
Will Japan’s upset over Germany give more teams confidence in the FIFA World Cup?
The “FIFA World Cup Now” crew believes that Japan’s upset over Germany may be a trend that started with Saudi Arabia’s historic win. Japan’s victory was the first ever against Germany.
Pick via FOX Sports soccer writer Doug McIntyre:
This is a no-brainer on paper. Japan stunned Germany in the opener while the Ticos suffered a 7-0 humiliation against Spain.
Yet that embarrassment will move Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suárez to blow up his lineup and replace his aging vets with hungry youngsters. They’ll rebound and restore some pride with a point against the Blue Samurai.
PICK: Draw (+290 at FOX Bet)
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